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Brenda Bristol

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Brenda Bristol is a leader in the Spectrum Health Expressive Arts Program. She has suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and painting has provided an avenue of communication for her over the last ten years. Gerri an artist from the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion created a painting about her own journey and it was a ladder. She described how she was in a deep well and she had a ladder each step was different to get out. Some steps are close together and others are farther apart. Painting is helping her and other individuals at Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion. This installation is about working together on journey ladders and knowing that during the journey there are others around to help. The ladders are a way to fight off isolation and loneliness and bring in togetherness and friendships to help the healing process. The creative process is healing for the people who suffer from all types of injuries and illnesses. Also, it's healing for caregivers, too. Spectrum Health Expressive Arts Program creates at a Gallery/Studio at 750 Fuller Ave N.E. in Grand Rapids and Spectrum Health's Gallery/Studio at 4130 Kalamazoo Avenue and 4118 Kalamazoo Avenue. Also, at our Lemmen- Holton Cancer Pavilion at 145 Michigan Street N.E. in Grand Rapids.

Brenda's ArtPrize Entries

These are Brenda's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

  • Photo of Collaborative Ladders

    Collaborative Ladders

    2018 ArtPrize Entry Brenda Bristol
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  • Photo of Welcome To The Creative Caregiving Neighborhood

    Welcome To The Creative Caregiving Neighborhood

    2015 ArtPrize Entry Spectrum Health Expressive Arts Program
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  • Photo of Vivid Volunteers

    Vivid Volunteers

    2014 ArtPrize Entry Spectrum Health Expressive Arts Program
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  • Photo of The Beauty Of Ernie - A Story

    The Beauty Of Ernie - A Story

    2013 ArtPrize Entry Spectrum Health Expressive Arts Program
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  • Photo of Freedom Wings

    Freedom Wings

    2012 ArtPrize Entry Spectrum Health Expressive Arts Program
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  • Photo of Rock The Art

    Rock The Art

    2011 ArtPrize Entry Brenda Bristol
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Brenda's Past Work

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